Documentary Screening & Discussion: Free Renty

February 9, 2023 5:30 PM - 9:15 PM

Please join the Ziffren Institute and UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies Program, along with the Center for Public Interest Programs and the Documentary Film Legal Clinic for a special screening of the film FREE RENTY.


Date: Thursday, 2/9/23  
Location: James Bridges Theater, 235 Charles E Young Dr E., Los Angeles, CA 90095 
Time: Refreshments 5:30-6p | Movie + Discussion 6-8:30p | Food 8:30-9:15p 

FREE RENTY tells the story of Tamara Lanier, an African American woman determined to force Harvard University to cede possession of daguerreotype images of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty. The daguerreotypes were commissioned in 1850 by a Harvard professor to "prove" the superiority of the white race. The images remain emblematic of America’s failure to acknowledge the cruelty of slavery, the racist science that supported it and the white supremacy that continues to infect our society today. David Grubin's important documentary chronicles a historic lawsuit brought by Lanier against Harvard University and raises critical questions about restitution and reparations, which will be further explored in a discussion with the filmmaker and UCLA faculty and experts, led by Jasleen Kohli, Executive Director, Critical Race Studies Program.

Speakers:  LaToya Baldwin Clark, Assistant Professor of Law; David Grubin, Filmmaker; Boyin Lam UCLA Law Alum and Documentary Legal Film Clinician

Moderated by: Jasleen Kohli, Executive Director, Critical Race Studies Program; Karin Wang, Executive Director at Epstein Program, Public Interest Law & Policy